Finally Free

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Finally Free


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Sam hopped out of bed and got dressed, then ran out the door after grabbing a piece of toast to eat on the way. He walked two blocks to school and waited at the end of the C Wing where he would usually meet his friend, Adam. Sam walked up, leaned against the wall, and went on his phone, waiting for Adam to roll up on his skateboard any minute now. Five minutes later he looked up from his phone to look for Adam. He was nowhere in sight, so he began walking to homeroom. It’s not like Adam to be this late, even when he misses school he usually texts Sam first, but Sam didn’t think much of it and sat down in his desk. He sat at his desk for several minutes twirling his pencil waiting for the bell to ring. After the bell finally rung, an announcement came on the intercom. Sam usually tuned these out, but today he decided to listen. He heard the principal’s voice say, “We would like to warn you all that this may be very emotional for some of you and we ask you to all please to quiet. We regret to inform you that your fellow classmate, Adam Thompson passed away this morning. The counseling office will be open all day for mourning and any tardiness due to meeting with the counselor will be excused. Thank you.” Sam sat there in shock, the whole room turned and looked at him. Everyone probably expected him to cry, or scream, or do something, but he just sat there. He sat there staring down at his desk, and everything became white noise. He stood up and walked out the door, not once looking up. He walked right out the door, into the hallway, then into the boys bathroom. He got into a stall, then did everything people expected him to do in class. He began kicking, screaming, crying, anything and everything you could imagine. He couldn’t believe it, it just didn’t make sense. Adam couldn’t be dead. After sitting in the bathroom for an hour, he finally walked to the counseling office. He asked her what had happened and how Adam died. She said she wasn’t supposed to release this information to students, but knew Sam and Adam were best friends and he would find out eventually anyways. Adam had committed suicide the night before and wasn’t found until the  morning. He had jumped off the bridge leading into town and died on impact. From water decay his face wasn’t recognizable, but they identified him from the clothes he was last seen wearing and he was the same height. Sam sat there in disbelief, this couldn’t be true, Adam couldn’t have committed suicide. Sure, Adam didn’t have a perfect family life, but he was always optimistic and would never do this. He wasn’t even depressed, he told Sam everything, Sam would know if something was wrong. Sam knew something wasn’t right, Adam couldn’t be dead. Adam had always talked about running away, maybe this time he actually did it. Whenever he mentioned this, he always talked about them running away together, so either he’s actually dead, or, as much as he didn’t want to admit it, heleft Sam behind. Sam stopped talking and had this realization, then ran out of the counseling office while the counselor was mid sentence, but it didn’t matter because he wasn’t listening to her anyways. Adam lived about a block away from Sam and were always with each other when they were younger. Sam had to drive past Adam’s house to get home after school, and because this they developed a system. Adam and his mom didn’t always get along with his stepdad, and he’d sometimes miss school if his mom and his stepdad had a fight. So whenever Adam missed school he’d put a flag on his front porch. If the flag was blue, it meant he was sick and he was ok, but if the flag was red, it meant he wasn’t ok and his parents were fighting again. After leaving the counselor, he began running to Adam’s house. He wanted to talk to Adam’s parents to see if they could tell him anything else. As he began walking up their porch steps, he noticed a blue flag to his left. It was a system they hadn’t used in years but he recognized it immediately. He looked at it confused and got a shiver down his spine as he knocked on the front door. Adam’s mom was home and crying, but let Sam in. She told him everything the counselor did, but added that he left the house at three saying he’d sleepover at a friends house but would be home getting ready in the morning. He also didn’t leave a note which seemed odd, and they never found his phone. She also said that it felt like something wasn’t right, like it didn’t feel like her son was gone. Sam told her he knew what she meant, apologized for her loss, and started walking on the street again. Whenever Adam would run out when his parents were fighting he’d go to Sam’s house, and when they got older he’d text Sam and they’d meet at the park. Not knowing where else to go, he went to the park. They always used to sneak through the back fence and meet underneath this old oak tree. That’s where Sam went, he made his way through the fence and walked over to the tree. As he walked to the far side of the tree, he noticed something tucked in between two branches. It was a piece of paper, a letter even, and it was signed by Adam. It was a suicide note. It said he couldn’t take it anymore, wanted to leave, and mentioned Sam and Adam’s two other closest friends. He ran the note back to Adam’s mom and gave it to her. He then decided that he was going to try and find Adam. If anyone else could help him find him, it’d probably be the two other friends mentioned on the note. He texted both of them and scheduled to meet with both of them over the next two days. It was late now, so he went home a decided to go to sleep, but first talked to his mom. She had recently heard the news and was pretty upset. After calming her down, he actually went to sleep. The next day he got up and went to school as if it was any other day, but then met Adam’s friend Mark after class. They met at the local dinner about thirty minutes after school got out. Adam asked him a bunch of questions about Adam without saying his hypothesis. He asked him if Adam ever mentioned leaving or getting away or anything else that could be twisted into suicidal thought. He told him that Adam joked about running away to Los Angeles ever once and a while, but never anything about suicide. Sam asked him if Adam acted weird or said anything odd in the time leading up to yesterday. Mark said that he acted pretty normal and nothing seemed out of the ordinary. Adam did say he’d be absent yesterday though, he didn’t say why, just that he wouldn’t be at school. Mark told Sam that when he saw Adam wasn’t showing up and was late and all, he didn’t think anything of it, but it did seem a bit off. Sam thanked Mark for his time and headed off. He went home and thought about everything Mark and said, but decided to wait until tomorrow to make any conclusions. The next day he went through a normal  school day just like before, just waiting until after school. Once class got out, Sam walked to the coffee shop a few blocks away to meet Adam’s other friend, Chris. Once he got there, he went through the same routine questions as he did with Mark. All the new information he learned is that Adam was planning of going somewhere that weekend, he asked Chris if he could borrow some money for a plane ticket to somewhere for Friday. He said something about Los Angeles, but didn’t clarify if that’s where he was going. Sam once again thanked Chris for his time and went home. It was now very apparent where Adam was, he was finally going through with his plans of running away. It was Wednesday now and Adam wasn’t leaving until Friday, which gave Sam some time. He went back to the park and left a note in the same spot as Adam had, but this one told him to meet Sam there Friday at four. He also sent a text to Adam’s phone saying that he knows what he’s doing, and to find him. After trying to contact him all night he decided to go to sleep, but right as he was about to he got a text from an unknown number. They said they wanted to talk about Adam after school the next day. Assuming it was another friend, Sam said sure and they scheduled to meet in the parking lot after school, then he went to sleep. Sam woke up and went through yet another day of school, just waiting until one thirty so he could leave. Once the last bell finally rang he went out into the parking lot and waiting for everyone to leave until there was one car left. He walked over to it and knocked on the window. The person inside was wearing a hood and sunglasses so you couldn’t see their face. They told Sam to get into the car and they’d drive somewhere else. He got in the passenger seat and as he began talking, the person sped out of the parking lot and down the street. Sam told him to slow down and asked where they were going, but they stayed silent and kept going and it looked like they were going to edge of town and to the lookout point a few miles away. A while later they finally stopped and Sam was confused and mad. He got out of the car and began yelling as the dude drove off. He began shouting down the street as another black car pulled up. He stopped and took a step back, but the car keep coming closer until it finally stopped. Another person in a hood got out of the driver’s seat and walked toward Sam, but then they took off their hood. It was Adam. Sam ran toward him and gave him a hug. He asked what he’s doing and why he’s there and a million other questions. Adam told him that he was flying out to LA tomorrow and had been laying low since Sunday night. Sam asked how he faked his death and why he didn’t take him with him. Adam told him that he made a deal with this guy who worked at a morgue, and he took one of the bodies that was similar enough to him, and they dressed it in Adam’s clothes and dumped it in the water. Then he looked at Sam with a blank face and got really serious. He said that he knew if anyone could find him, it’d be Sam. He told him that he wasn’t going to not take Sam with him. He asked Sam to join him. He said that he wanted to sort everything out and get it all ready before he told him. He already had the plane tickets, and the guy could get another body, and he got money for when they landed. All they had to do was call the guy and write a note. Sam told him he wasn’t sure and that it was too short notice. He wanted to be with Adam, they were best friends, but he didn’t know if he could just leave like that. Adam said that if he agreed, they’d dump the body tonight, write a note and leave it on the bridge, drive out to the airport tonight, use the tickets he bought with a fake ID, and by morning they’d be in LA. Sam told him he’d think about it and would know by later tonight.

 

Dear Everyone,

I’m so sorry for doing this and putting you through any pain. To all my friends, I’m sorry I just couldn’t stay around for any longer, I’ll miss you all so much. To my family, I love all of you. Mom I’m sorry, I don’t want you to feel bad or blame yourself, there’s nothing you could’ve done, I love you, I’m sorry. I just couldn’t take it anymore, and needed to leave. I lost my best friend who meant everything to me and felt like I was left with nothing. I’m no longer going to be trapped in this small miserable town, I’ll finally be where I want and I’ll be free. I’ll be with Adam. Just remember all the good times we shared. I’m so sorry for this.

Love,

Sam

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